Rank #1: The Moon Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued By NASA
Edgar Mitchell, who passed away in February at the age of 85, was exceptional, even among astronauts. Like an archetypal moon man, he was a Boy Scout and a military test pilot with a protestant upbringing and an impressive command of engineering and aeronautics. In February 1971, on Apollo 14, he became the sixth man on the moon. But more so than other astronauts, Mitchell’s brief exploration of outer space led to a deep exploration of inner space and the entire universe of phenomena explained and not. After conducting an ESP experiment in space, he became a connoisseur of parapsychology; later, he sought to show that aliens had visited Earth and that governments around the world had tried to cover up the truth. But he remained grounded on Earth too, and worried that civilization's narrow perspectives were exceedingly dangerous for the future of the planet and humanity.
Rank #2: I Skipped Showering for Two Weeks and Bathed in Bacteria Instead
For two weeks, Motherboard writer Kate Lunau skipped her soap and deodorant—spritzing herself with a “live bacteria spray” instead. Her goal was to colonize her skin with ammonia-eating bacteria, which are supposed to neutralize the smell of sweat. There are a growing number of believers out there: Chemist David Whitlock, who came up with this, hasn’t showered in 13 years. But are live bacteria products really the future of skincare? And, maybe more importantly, how bad did Kate smell by the end of it?For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #3: The Tide Is Shifting in Silicon Valley
Rank #4: Net Neutrality
The FCC will vote later this week to repeal net neutrality protections. Radio Motherboard talks to BoingBoing co-founder and Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Cory Doctorow about what the next steps are to protect the open internet.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #5: Everything You Wanted to Know About the New York City Subway
The New York City subway is sprawling system, with more than 5 million people per day (and sometimes many more, on special occasions) passing through more than 460 stations. There is probably someone who knows more about the intricacies of the system than Max Diamond, but whoever it is, I don't know him or her.
Diamond is a transportation engineering student at the City College of New York and a "rail fan"—he studies budgets and plans, delves into contracts and historical minutia, and, of course, pays close attention whenever he's riding the subway. Every time he rides it, he brings a camera on the off chance he spots something that's not quite right.
Diamond runs the DJ Hammers YouTube channel, which features roughly 1,500 videos shot on the subway. These videos feature trains entering and leaving stations, new and rare subway announcements, subway rails catching fire, and lots of other sorts... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #6: Wasting Time on the Internet
Have you ever tried a digital detox? Or spending less time on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit? Kenneth Goldsmith definitely hasn't. He's a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a class called "Wasting Time on the Internet." What started as an exploration of how we spend time online quickly became something of an art project—students shared their passwords, deleted files at random off their classmates' computers, and started impromptu dance parties. Goldsmith tells us why it's OK to spend all day looking at your phone or aimlessly browsing through Reddit. It's just human nature.
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Rank #7: You Have the Right to Repair Your Electronics
Radio Motherboard talks to Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, and Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of Repair.org about legislation that is moving through eight states that would require electronics manufacturers to enable you to fix your things. The bills have been intensely opposed by companies like Apple, IBM, John Deere, and dozens of other gigantic corporations.
If you're here, you might want to check out "pluspluspodcast," a new podcast from Motherboard that takes you on the road with our reporters: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pluspluspodcast/id1210989400?mt=2
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Rank #8: Pirates and Robots: A Conversation With Annalee Newitz
Rank #9: How the Grateful Dead Anticipated the Future
Rank #10: [Bonus] Introducing CYBER, a Hacking Podcast by Motherboard
Motherboard has launched a new podcast, called CYBER. It's available on Apple Podcasts and on whatever app you listen to.
Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard spends its time embedded in the infosec world so you don't have to. Host Ben Makuch talks every week to Motherboard reporters Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox about the stories they're breaking and to the industry's most famous hackers and researchers about the biggest news in cybersecurity.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #11: Elon Musk, Then and Now
Radio Motherboard pulls a 2015 interview with Elon Musk's biographer Ashlee Vance, and talks about how perceptions about Musk and his companies have changed.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #12: Looking Into the Future With Kim Stanley Robinson
Rank #13: Sex Workers Lobby Congress Against a Terrible Internet Law
Radio Motherboard talks to Liara Roux, a sex worker who was part of the first ever organized effort by her industry to lobby Congress. We talk about SESTA/FOSTA, a law that puts sex workers in danger and has fundamentally changed the internet.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #14: The End of Ownership
The internet of things, End User License Agreements, and Digital Rights Management are increasingly being used to give electronics manufacturers control and ownership over your stuff even after you buy it. Radio Motherboard talks to Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, authors of The End of Ownership about what we stand to lose when our songs, movies, tractors, and even our coffee makers serve another master.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #15: Infamous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Tells Us How He Created Fake Identities
Rank #16: NASA Turns 60
NASA turns 60 this week. We're joined by Former NASA chief technologist Mason Peck joins us to discuss the agency’s history of spaceflight milestones, which include landing humans on the Moon (six times!), putting rovers on Mars, sending probes to interstellar space, and partnering on the International Space Station. Beyond these physical exploration achievements, NASA has also revolutionized the human view of Earth, the solar system, the Milky Way, and the deep swaths of space and time beyond our local group of galaxies.
We also discuss NASA’s future, including its partnerships with the commercial space sector, megaprojects like the Space Launch System and the James Webb Space Telescope, and human exploration of the Moon and Mars.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #17: Cyberwar
Rank #18: How to Make a Photo Go Viral
A woman in cyberpunk body paint stands in the center of a ring of old laptops. It's a staged photo about e-waste, sure, but photographer Ben Von Wong hasn't just set up the photo to look cool. He wants it to go viral: "I create viral campaigns around boring topics," he said. Radio Motherboard spoke to Von Wong about the campaign, and about everything that goes into making sure people actually consume his content: "I gathered almost 1,000 people on an email newsletter who said within the first 24 hours of launch, 'I promise to like, comment, and share it in order to fuck with Facebook's algorithm.' Literally manufacturing popularity in content by making sure these people would see the content within the first certain amount of time that it launches to artificially make it more popular."For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #19: Amplifying the Alt-Right
Whitney Phillips, the author of a new report called "The Oxygen of Amplification," talks about what she learned by talking to more than 50 journalists who covered the alt-right and white supremacists during the 2016 election cycle.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #20: LIVE PODCAST: The Motherboard Guide to Defending the Future
Radio Motherboard's first ever LIVE EPISODE! On February 12, the Radio Motherboard crew recorded a podcast in front of a live audience at the Work x Work On Air festival. We talked about what it means to be vigilant in Trump's America and discussed how Motherboard and the general populous can defend the future from an administration that seems hellbent on stunting progress. Also, a helpful audience member explains why you should always use encrypted chat with your drug dealers.
Special thanks to Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel and work x work ON AIR, a pop up live streaming radio lounge that explored creativity and storytelling. Check out more at wxwonair.com.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy